5 Common Disney MaxPass and FASTPASS Questions Answered

Are you joining us for a Dance the Magic Event at the Disneyland Resort in California? Then continue reading for how to get the most out of your days in Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Whether this will be your first time to the Disneyland Resort, or you’re a seasoned pro, taking advantage of the Disney FASTPASS and Disney MaxPass system is an easy way to maximize your time enjoying the Disneyland Resort.

What is Disney FASTPASS Service?

Disney FASTPASS Service allows you to spend less time waiting in line for some of the most popular attractions in Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park in order to make the most out of your visit. FASTPASS is available to anyone with valid theme park admission. However, the number of FASTPASSES available are limited in quantity and number of attractions and are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

Disney FASTPASS Service is currently offered at the following attractions:

*Disney FASTPASS Service and Disney MaxPass will not be available for the attractions in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Disneyland Park

Disney California Adventure Park

How do I use Disney FASTPASS Service?

Currently, there are two ways to take advantage of Disney FASTPASS Service. You can either use your theme park admission ticket at the designated FASTPASS Distribution points near the entrance of FASTPASS eligible attractions (subject to availability), or you may use Disney MaxPass (available for purchase) to make digital FASTPASS selections via the Disneyland Mobile App.

The traditional Disney FASTPASS Service is available to all guests with valid theme park admission, subject to availability. To secure a FASTPASS return time, visit the FASTPASS Distribution point for the eligible attraction and enter your Disneyland Resort admission ticket. You will receive a FASTPASS return receipt for a specific window of time. When the Return-Time window arrives, just head to the FASTPASS Return entrance of the attraction and scan the same Disneyland Resort admission ticket you used at the FASTPASS Distribution point and you’re ready to enjoy a popular Disneyland Resort Attraction with minimal wait time.

If you opt to add on Disney MaxPass to your Dance the Magic ticket, you can do so once you arrive to the Disneyland Resort via the Disneyland Mobile App. MaxPass is currently priced at $15 per day, per ticket.

Does my Dance the Magic ticket include MaxPass?

MaxPass is not included with your Dance the Magic ticket. However, both performers and guests are able to purchase MaxPass from the Disneyland Mobile App to add even more customization to your Disneyland Resort visit. It is encouraged to check the day’s FASTPASS availability on the Disneyland Mobile App prior to purchasing Disney MaxPass as Disney MaxPass is nonrefundable and nontransferable. If you are not going to be purchasing Disney MaxPass, you are able to use Disney FASTPASS Service by visiting the FASTPASS Distribution Points at select attractions. As a reminder, FASTPASS selections are limited and availability is not guaranteed, with or without Disney MaxPass.

Why should I add Disney MaxPass instead of just using Disney FASTPASS Service?

Digitally selecting FASTPASSES allows you to further maximize your time at the Disneyland Resort. From the Disneyland Mobile App you are able to select your next FASTPASS from anywhere, without having to walk to a FASTPASS Distribution point at the selected attraction. If your plans change, you’re also able to cancel a selection as well. Besides being able to make and change FASTPASS selections via the Disneyland Mobile App, you will also receive unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads for the days you have purchased MaxPass. This includes photos from select attractions, select dining locations, as well as Magic Shots with Disney PhotoPass photographers from around the Disneyland Resort.

Is Disney MaxPass the same as FastPass+

While Disney MaxPass and FastPass+ seem like similar systems in their design, they are not the same program. Disney MaxPass is exclusive to the Disneyland Resort and FastPass+ is utilized exclusively at the Walt Disney World Resort. Disney MaxPass is used to make day-of FASTPASS selections via the Disneyland Mobile App. Currently, the Disneyland Resort does not offer an option to make FASTPASS selections in advance of your visit, the way you can in Walt Disney World.

For additional information and for any questions you have regarding Disney FASTPASS Service and Disney MaxPass at the Disneyland Resort, please visit the Disneyland Resort website directly.

Disney FASTPASS Service
Disney MaxPass

*Information is current as of 3/19/19. Information and offering subject to change without notice at Disney’s discretion.

We can’t wait for you to join us at an upcoming Dance the Magic event!

Top 7 Reasons to Book a Dance the Magic Event for Your Studio

7. First-Ever Disney Performing Arts Dance Performance Partner

Dance the Magic got its start in 2001 with humble beginnings and big dreams when renowned studio owner and founder, Debi Barr, had the idea to develop dance performance opportunities along one of the world’s most famous parade routes – Main Street, USA inside Disneyland Park. Debi had always admired the baton twirlers and marching bands that had the opportunity to perform before a Disney parade and she was sure that adding dancers to the mix would be the opportunity of a lifetime for fellow Studio Directors and dancers.

After nearly two years of unshakable determination, Debi convinced Disney to allow the first Dance the Magic performance down Main Street, USA. Cautiously, Disney initially agreed to only one single performance, but the moment Dance the Magic performers stepped onto the parade route, it was an instant hit. It was evident that our partnership with Disney would quickly grow into an annual tradition. Through vision, dedication, and determination, Dance the Magic has grown to be one of the highest-regarded dance event production companies in the world. From that initial one-off performance, Dance the Magic has grown to include more than 10 events a year spanning locations around the country, including the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, and even a partnership with Disney on Broadway, all thanks to Debi’s passion for providing unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to high caliber performers from around the globe.

6. Exceptional Guest Experience and a Professional & Dedicated Staff

When you book an event with Dance the Magic, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable experience where every detail is considered with great intention. Our Event Specialists and team of dedicated staff take out all the guess work of booking a Dance the Magic event so you can focus all your attention on watching your dancers as they dazzle their way down Main Street, USA.

We pride ourselves on creating an exceptional guest experience and love developing long-lasting relationships with our studio directors who continue to trust us with producing the most memorable performance experiences year after year. Participating in a Dance the Magic event doesn’t mean you’re just our client and our guest, you become a member of the Dance the Magic Family. Our staff has an incredibly diverse entertainment background and includes former world-champion dancers, internationally published photographers, previous Disney Parks Parade Performers, and even a former studio owner. Our staff is incredibly knowledgeable about performing on some of the world’s most revered stages and is dedicated to providing you with world-class service.  Where some event production companies may make you feel like you’re just a number at their events, our dedicated and professional Event Specialists, Event Staff, and Artistic Team make sure that you receive individualized attention and care during every step of the process from booking to curtain call. We are a family owned and operated business and value treating our guests like members of our own family.

5. Discounted Disney Hotel and Ticket Prices not Available to the General Public

Thanks to our incredible and long-standing partnership with Disney, we are able to offer discounted Disney Hotel room rates and Theme Park ticket prices that are not available to the general public. We know that choosing to visit a Disney Park is an investment and we greatly value our guests who are joining us from around the United States and around the world. These special rates ensure that we are able to provide the greatest value to you, our guests, so that you are able to maximize the fun you are able to have while attending a Dance the Magic event.

4. VIP Dancer Package for Every Performer

From start to finish, your Dance the Magic experience is sprinkled with plenty of extra “pixie dust”, including a VIP Dancer Package for every performer to commemorate their experience. This typically includes Dance the Magic exclusives like a lanyard, dancer credential, pin, and t-shirt to name a few. Performers also participate in a professional photoshoot that includes a printed 8×10 individual portrait in your parade costume as well as a printed 8×10 group photo paired with a Blu-ray memory disc that encompasses your performance experience at a Dance the Magic event.

Not only do your dancers receive a special VIP performer package, but they have an opportunity to perform with dancers from around the world on one of the most beloved stages, Main Street, USA. We’ve spent years creating one of a kind high-quality experiences that you would be proud to participate in. There may be other event production companies out there, but none are as experienced or dedicated to a high-quality and unforgettable performance experience as Dance the Magic is. And no matter if it’s your first Dance the Magic event or your tenth, the memories you make when you participate in a Dance the Magic event are ones that will be cherished for a lifetime.

3. Learn Original Choreography from Former Disney Parks Parade Dancers

Not only do you get to have the experience of a lifetime by participating in a Dance the Magic event, but you get to learn original outstanding choreography from our Vice President and Artistic Director, Jennilee Barr, who danced for Disney for 8 years. Jennilee, like most of our dedicated staff, has been dancing and performing for most of her life. Where else do you have the chance to learn choreography from a real Disney Parade Performer and then perform that choreography on the same parade route that has delighted hundreds of thousands of guests for more than 60 years?

Participating in a Dance the Magic event gives your dancers an opportunity to know what it’s like to be a Disney Parks Entertainment Cast Member for the day. Not only are you taught exciting original choreography from a former Disney Parade Performer, but you are also held to same high-performance standards that have made Disney Parks Entertainment Offerings some of the most professional, revered, and beloved in the entire world. This experience is as close to being a real Disney Parks Parade Performer as you can get without being an actual Disney Parks Parade Performer. For so many young dancers, this opens their eyes to the fact that they could go on to perform professionally for Disney. We are proud to say that we have even had former Dance the Magic Dancers go on to audition and get cast in Disney Parades.

2. Showcase Your Studio’s Choreography on a Disney Park Stage

Imagine having your dancers perform on the same stage where some of you favorite Disney shows also take place. Now imagine your dancers showcasing your choreography on that same stage. The Dance the Magic Showcase is unique in that your dancers get to perform on a stage that is typically reserved for the professional artists that have been cast in a Disney Parks Entertainment live show. This only adds to the experience of getting to learn what it’s like to be a real Disney Parks Entertainment Cast Member for a day. Dance the Magic aims to not only create unique performance opportunities where you can make lasting memories, but also to equip dancers with a toolkit that will better prepare them for future professional opportunities as well.

1. Dance Inside a Disney Park on Main Street, USA

The culmination of an entire Dance the Magic event is, of course, the opportunity to dance the entire parade route down Main Street, USA inside a Disney Park. If you’ve ever been to Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World or Disneyland Park, you know that every day the parade route is lined with thousands of smiling guests waiting to be delighted by a world-famous Disney parade. Your dancers will get to perform in front of those same thousands of guests as the lead off performance just before the parade begins. The Dance the Magic parade choreography is always fun, upbeat, original, and extremely high-caliber. Our partnership with Disney has only grown stronger over the years because they know that we produce the highest-quality and most professional events that bring immense value to our participants.

If you’ve joined us for a Dance the Magic event before, we can’t wait to have you back! And if you’re just considering booking your first Dance the Magic event, we can’t wait to work with you! Our entire staff is dedicated to making sure that your time with Dance the Magic is unforgettable and exceeds expectations from start to finish.

Happy Dancing! We can’t wait to have you as part of the Dance the Magic Family!

Welcome to Dance the Magic!

What happens when you combine a former studio owner, lifelong Disney fan, and a dream to bring unique performance opportunities to dance studios from around the world? You get Dance the Magic, one of the first event production companies that granted dancers the opportunity to perform on one of the most revered stages in the world, Main Street, USA. Founder and company owner, Debi Barr, had a grand vision of creating unique and magical performance opportunities for not only her studio’s dancers, but for dancers around the globe.

How Dance the Magic Got Started

Dance the Magic was founded in 2001 with humble beginnings and a dream to dance down Main Street, USA before a Disneyland Park parade performance. Although plenty of naysayers believed that it was impossible to partner with a company as large as Disney, Debi knew that she had the passion, drive, and experience necessary to cultivate an unforgettable dance performance experience that delighted performers and guests alike. In fact, even though Disney has held a long tradition of showcasing visiting marching bands prior to a parade performance, it was Debi who first introduced the idea of having dance studios perform the opening parade routine. With perseverance and of course a little pixie dust, Dance the Magic has since grown from a seemingly far-fetched goal into the most well-known and most well-respected dance event production company in the world.

Now in its 18th season, Dance the Magic has evolved from a single parade performance event inside Disneyland Park to 11 events slated for 2019, taking place throughout the year at the Disneyland Resort, the Walt Disney World Resort, and on Broadway in New York City. Debi Barr had a long-standing reputation in California as a studio owner who would create unique and special performance opportunities – such as performing during the halftime of professional sporting events – long before she approached Disney with her idea. When asked why she started Dance the Magic, founder, Debi Barr responded, “I was looking for another performance opportunity and I thought it would be so wonderful to work with Disney. I had seen the bands and baton twirlers down Main Street and I thought it would amazing if we had dancers as well. That was a conversation that was two years in the making for us to create an opportunity for dancers to dance down Main Street. Knocked on doors for a long time and I was finally able to get a meeting. It took a lot of hard work, but our first event was a huge success.  When we first started, never did we dream it would grow to be what it is today, but we were certainly hopeful. I was a single parent when we started this and was just looking at what we would be able to offer to our families regarding special performance opportunities. It was very risky in growing a business like this, which was very scary to try, but you have to take a risk. And little did we know what it would build and grow into over the next 18 years”.

Why Choose Dance the Magic

Disney is known for producing the highest level, most enjoyable live entertainment experiences at their theme parks around the globe. Each day, thousands of guests pick a seat on Main Street, USA to watch the magic come to life before their very eyes during a Disney Parks parade. Dance the Magic has developed the exceptional once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have your studio be fully immersed in what it means to be a performer at Disney for the day and featured as the kickoff performance in a Disney Parks parade in front of thousands of guests – held to the same high standards of Disney performers themselves. Not only do you have the chance to make your dancers’ dreams come true by dancing at Disney, Dance the Magic takes the experience one step further to include magic and fun for the entire family with special rates and packages for dancer families who are looking to dance, play, and stay amongst the Disney Magic.

After the success of the very first Dance the Magic event nearly two decades ago, Debi knew she was on to something special with her newly formed partnership with Disney. She stated, “We recognize the opportunity that we are able to give to these dancers and their families is unlike any other. That was very important when I started Dance the Magic is that we had family friendly venues that would appeal to the entire family, and not just to the dancers.” As Dance the Magic has grown, Debi has continued to go above and beyond with the types of opportunities she has developed for the dancers that participate in Dance the Magic events. When you ask Debi what motivates her to continually elevate the experience for performers her answer is very simple, “It’s the happy faces we see from the parents and the Disney guests when we are dancing down Main Street, USA! The parents are crying and the audience is cheering and the dancers are overjoyed to be performing for such a large audience. It’s exciting to watch year after year groups coming back to experience the magic again and again. We work very hard to partner with our directors to make their studios and dancers look good, have fun, and have the chance to perform at the absolute highest level while making memories that will last a lifetime”.

Dance the Magic Events

Imagine YOUR studio and YOUR dancers performing on some of the most beloved and most well-known stages in the world and giving them a chance to live out their dreams. I bet you can feel the energy already of what it would be like to perform in a real Disney Park! There is truly nothing like dancing down Main Street, USA in front of thousands of delighted guests and you have the chance to join us on us an adventure. Whether you’re on the West Coast or East Coast or traveling internationally, Dance the Magic has a performance experience waiting for you.

Disneyland Resort

At the Disneyland Resort in California, you have the opportunity to perform in one of our Spring, Summer, or Holiday events that can include not only a Disney Parks parade performance, but also the chance to show off your studio’s own choreography on one of the renowned stages inside Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park.

Walt Disney World

The Walt Disney World Resort is also home to two spectacular Dance the Magic Events – our Summertime Spectacular and our Elite Holiday Spectacular. Here you also have the chance to showcase your dancers in a Disney Parks parade performance as well as perform on a Walt Disney World Stage inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom or Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Dance the Magic on Broadway

As if performing at a Disney Park weren’t already excitement enough, Dance the Magic has expended our long tradition of creating unforgettable performance opportunities to the magic of Broadway in New York City! We host two separate Broadway events – one in Summer and one during the Holidays – for two chances to make your Broadway debut! During both performances, we partner with Disney on Broadway to not only give our dancers a chance to dance on a real Broadway stage, but also to learn from renowned dance professionals in different workshop settings, and see multiple Disney on Broadway productions. For our Holiday Broadway event we have also teamed up with the world-famous Radio City Rockettes for an additional dream come true experience where you will get the chance to learn alongside some Radio City dancers as well as see the Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes.

Dance the Magic Memories and Accomplishments

Dance the Magic started as a seemingly far-fetched goal and has since grown to be the most trusted dance event production company in the world. In fact, in 2015, Debi and Dance the Magic were awarded the prestigious “Disney Partners Award” for providing quality experiences, exemplary leadership and demonstrating business integrity, while embracing and promoting the magic of Disney. As one of only eight recipients of this award, it’s no surprise when Debi says receiving this award is her “proudest moment in Dance the Magic history”. Naysayers couldn’t interfere with Debi’s tenacity or perseverance as she sought once-in-a-lifetime Disney performing opportunities for studios near and far.

In the 18-year history of the company, countless unforgettable memories have been made and thousands of dancers have had the opportunity to perform with Dance the Magic on a real Disney stage or before a Disney Parks parade, and founder, Debi Barr, has been there for every one of them. When asked what her favorite Dance the Magic memory is, she responded with, “The Disney Parks Christmas Day Filming on ABC! Having the chance to work with top Disney choreographers and talent as well as the production crew for ABC to play a part in one of the most beloved Disney traditions is something I cherish. Being able to turn on the TV Christmas morning and see how all of the hard work come together and see our dancers on national television is truly magical and my favorite Dance the Magic memory”.

Dance the Magic continues to delight thousands of dancers a year with some of the most unique performance opportunities ever produced and we aren’t slowing down anytime soon. We’re so excited to see where the Disney magic will carry us in the future and can’t wait for you to join us at a Dance the Magic event!